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Stanley Menzo says Ajax Cape Town can’t play like Barcelona for 90 minutes

Posted: 23 October 2017 Time: 14:11

Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo feels his side played their “best first half of the season” against Bloemfontein Celtic, and hopes his men take confidence from Saturday’s result.

Goals from Bantu Mzwakali and Tashreeq Morris handed the Urban Warriors a 2-1 league victory over Celtic at Athlone Stadium on the weekend, just their second win of the campaign following a difficult start to the 2017/18 campaign.

Coach Menzo says he was particularly pleased with his side’s first-half showing, which he felt went a long way in securing their first win since mid-September.

“I think we played the best first half of the season,” he said. “In the second half it was more difficult as Celtic pushed us more and played higher [up the pitch], and the field on that side of the pitch was not too good so we could not keep the ball and play. Because of that we lost a bit of confidence.

“In the second half it was all about the win, but we already won the game in the first half the way we played. We dominated, we had a chance saved on the line, and also scored a great goal.”

Menzo feels his side were not as strong in the second period though, admitting their passing game cannot match that of Spanish giants Barcelona for the full duration of the game.

“Overall I thought it was a good game – we can’t play like Barcelona for 90 minutes, but if I look at the first 45 minutes and look at all the circumstances, I’m very satisfied with the win,” he said.

Menzo hopes the three-pointer will give his players confidence to bring out the best in their performance.

“For the players it’s all about confidence, which is so important,” he said. “Belief and confidence makes a player bigger, and able to play and make less mistakes. Without confidence, you going to be afraid to make mistakes, and then you are going to make them. And that’s what we saw in the second half on Saturday – players were a bit afraid, confidence goes down a bit, and you make mistakes.”

Ajax’s next task is a Telkom Knockout fixture away at Polokwane City on Saturday afternoon.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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